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OUR MISSION:

We are a close knit, diverse, and welcoming Catholic community within the Archdiocese of Newark, living the mission of Christ. Parishioners serve the Lord by serving one another through our faith and sharing the resources and energy of the Holy Spirit.

Announcements

SPECIAL DURING THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK!!

  • The Archbishop of Newark, announced today that he has dispensed the faithful of the Archdiocese from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass until further notice, after evaluating recommendations of state and health officials.
  • We have cancelled the First Eucharist Learning Session on Saturday, and CCD on Sunday.  New learning dates will be scheduled later.
  • The Archdiocese of Newark will Livestream Mass Sundays at Noon (EST). All faithful are invited to join virtually. The bilingual (English and Spanish) Mass will be celebrated by Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., Archbishop of Newark, to provide the faithful with spiritual nourishment during this time of need.  To watch the livestream, visit the Archdiocese of Newark’s YouTube channel at youtube.com/nwkarchdiocese. Following the livestream, the video will be available on the Archdiocese’s Facebook page and website at http://www.rcan.org.  Links also will be available on archdiocesan social media channels:   @nwkarchdiocese.
  • The Archbishop, Cardinal Tobin,  has sent out the attached letter  regarding the Five Reasons We Turn to Mary in Times of Crisis.  Please join us as we turn to Mary for aid and comfort.
  • St. Raphael’s will LiveStream Mass on Saturday at 4pm, Sunday at 9am, Sunday at 11am, and Sunday at 6pm.   Please log on 15 minutes prior to the Mass start time.  There is a limit of 100 sign-ins at the Main link: https://meet.google.com/bcj-bkok-vpe.   If asked for a meeting code, use bcj-bkok-vpe.  Dial in for audio only: 636-306-2148 PIN: 560 138 694# (Message and data rates may apply)  Please:  turn off your microphone and camera (both icons should be red) prior to joining the Meeting session.
  • The most recent directive from the Archdiocese allows for the churches to be open for private prayer as part of Phase 1 of the reopening process.  Beginning May 17th, St.Raphael will be open from 1pm-4pm on Sunday, 1PM-3PM on weekdays, and 11AM-2PM on Saturdays.  See Fr. Lito’s letter of May 14 for details.   The entire plan, in 3 phases, is available here.
  • You can continue to provide your donations to the parish by mailing in your donation directly to the Parish , by dropping it off in the drop-box by the door of the office, or by joining OnLine Giving (see the Donation tab on this site).  We are very grateful for your gifts!!

OTHER

  • BUSINESS OWNERSAdvertise in our bulletin!  Thank you to all our advertisers!  To join the sponsors on our bulletin, please call 860-836-8486.
  • PARISH OFFICE HOURS:  Monday – Saturday, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM  973-992-9490 – THIS IS SUSPENDED DURING THE CORONAVIRUS – if you call the office, you may need to leave a message, but it will be addressed within a reasonable time.
  • The Facebook page for St. Raphael Parish is administered by Mary Gayle Scheper.  If you would like to contribute pictures or material to the page, please contact her with your material via the parish office at straphaelrcc@comcast.net. “Like” us at www.facebook.com/straphaellivingston
  • The bulletin for the parish is available on this website.  The current week is displayed automatically.  For earlier bulletins (the previous 5 weeks), scroll to the bottom of the page and select the weekend you would like to view.
  • The Religious Education Calendar for September, 2019 through July, 2020 is available here.  Please note that Religious Education is suspended during the period of the coronavirus.  We will let you know when we resume our classes!

Special Events

  • VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!  If you have a background in English – writing, editing, or oral presentation – you can help our local seminarians.  Check out the details here!
  • Lectors and EMHCs! 
    • The NEW Schedule for the summer :  We are delaying its actual creation, awaiting news on the impact of the Coronavirus on services within the church building, where all of us can be together.   In the meantime, our Lectors are supporting the Livestream Masses, so they will be scheduled manually – one month at a time.  Look of a message from the Ministry Lead on assignments.
    •  We are looking for additional Lectors and EMHCs!  Please consider joining these Ministries whose role is to support the Celebrant during the Mass by reading God’s words and distributing the Eucharist!   Call the Parish Office if you are interested.
  • Our social outreach ministry, SAMARITANS ALWAYS CARE (SAC) is renewing our effort for Sonny’s Pantry, which supports the Soup Kitchen of Our Lady of the Valley, with a new effort called “The Sandwich Program.”  We are collecting sandwiches to bring to the Soup Kitchen every Friday.  We will pick up any sandwiches you have made between 11AM – Noon on Friday – please leave the sandwiches, packed in zip-lock bags, in the office entryway.  We are looking for ham-and-cheese or bologna-and-cheese (both with mustard, not mayonnaise), peanut butter-and-jelly or cream cheese and jelly.  We also will bring any monetary donations or other food donations, including snacks and fruit.    Consider direct monetary donations to Our Lady of the Valley Soup Kitchen (Sonny’s Pantry) at 510 Valley Street, Orange, NJ 07050, Catholic Charities Development Office at 590 North 7th Street, Newark, NJ 07107, and John Carr Family Resources at 455 Western Ave., Morristown, NJ 07960.  Thank you!!

We Are Living Stones Capital Campaign

  • We are still working on our 4-year campaign to support the efforts of the Archdiocese support of our priests, our seminarians, our Catholic schools!!  This is the final year of  the campaign which will wrap up by the end of June.  We have already received funds for our parish amounting to $38,911.66.  We can receive almost $50,000 if all pledges are met. Campaign Details

Annual Appeal

 

For additional upcoming events and special Mass times, please see the bulletin by clicking here.